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ICQ still alive with new Windows version and open source code
Posted on 25-Mar-2016 10:01Tags News, Computing

New version is lighter and minimalistut functionality is preserved. Comments (Comments)

Microsoft New Zealand 2016 Partner Awards Finalist Projects
Posted on 23-Mar-2016 15:22Tags News, Computing

Microsoft has released a showcase list of finalist projects for this year's Partner Awards. Comments (Comments)

NZ fixed broadband speeds falling behind global pace as mobile strengthens
Posted on 23-Mar-2016 13:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

According to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report New Zealand ranks number seven in the world for average peak mobile speed. In the fourth quarter of 2015, Akamai clocked NZ mobile broadband at a respectable 75.4 Mbps. That’s a long way behind Australia, which takes the top slot with its blistering153.3 Mbps average […] Comments (Comments)

NZ, US Apple iPhone SE, iPad Pro prices compared
Posted on 23-Mar-2016 10:09Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand consumers often pay more than their overseas counterparts for hardware. In recent years Apple has done a better job than most rivals when it comes to reducing the gap between New Zealand and US prices. How do the Apple iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro measure up? There are two iPhone SE models. […] Comments (Comments)

Adobe incorporate new data science capabilities to marketing suite
Posted on 22-Mar-2016 19:18Tags News, SaaS

The new algorithms in Adobe Marketing Cloud will further simplify the process of extracting insights from billions of data points. Comments (Comments)

Enphase Energy opens new research and development facility in New Zealand
Posted on 22-Mar-2016 19:17Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Company is investing US$4.4 million to develop and test future energy technologies for global market. Comments (Comments)

Adobe Summit 2016 underway
Posted on 22-Mar-2016 19:13Tags News, Computing

Adobe has kicked off Summit 2016, its annual digital marketing conference in the U.S., showcasing innovations across Adobe Marketing Cloud. Comments (Comments)

New Zealand Traffic: Auckland worsens, Wellington mornings dire, Christchurch improves says TomTom
Posted on 22-Mar-2016 19:00Tags News, GPS

TomTom has released the results of the TomTom Traffic Index 2016, the annual report detailing the cities around the world with the most traffic congestion. Comments (Comments)

Subdued reaction to Apple iPhone SE launch
Posted on 22-Mar-2016 17:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Subdued reaction to Apple iPhone SE launch Twitter was underwhelmed by Apple’s launch event. There wasn’t the usual hoopla from Apple’s cheer leaders. Nor were there as many gushing, excited editorials as we’ve become used to. In part this is because the four-inch iPhone SE is not aimed at Apple fanatics. Nor would it appeal […] Comments (Comments)

This will be the year of 4.5G
Posted on 22-Mar-2016 07:15Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Fourth-generation cellular technology, better known as 4G, is still relatively young in New Zealand. It is less than two years since 2degrees began rolling out its 4G network. Spark, then Telecom, and Vodafone started earlier, but the bulk of their networks are not much older. We’re lucky. There are parts of the world that have […] Comments (Comments)

Fixing Apple, Google, Facebook tax
Posted on 18-Mar-2016 16:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Writing at the New Zealand Herald Matt Nippert says Top multinationals pay almost no tax in New Zealand. A major Herald investigation has found the 20 multinational companies most aggressive in shifting profits out of New Zealand overall paid virtually no income tax, despite recording nearly $10 billion in annual sales to Kiwi consumers. The analysis of financial […] Comments (Comments)

Let’s fix date to close copper network
Posted on 18-Mar-2016 15:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Portugal Telecom says it will start closing copper switches next year. By 2020 the nation’s copper network will be history. The telco says being fibre-only will help it sell services in a competitive telecommunications market. Analyst Benoit Felten notes removing copper means Portugal Telecom will no longer have the cost overheads of running two networks […] Comments (Comments)

Domino's pizza open to test driverless pizza delivery in New Zealand
Posted on 18-Mar-2016 10:30Tags News, GPS

The New Zealand Government is working with Domino's to explore the possibility of testing a driverless pizza delivery unit in New Zealand, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. Comments (Comments)

The Warehouse Group reports strong online sales
Posted on 17-Mar-2016 19:09Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Online sales for the group are up 24.1% compared to same quarter last year. Comments (Comments)

Xero and BizDojo launch StepUp mentoring programme
Posted on 17-Mar-2016 10:17Tags News, Computing

Xero and Wellington-based BizDojo have announced the launch of a new mentoring programme to help entrepreneurs in early stage innovative companies accelerate their growth. Comments (Comments)

Dell New Zealand celebrates 20 years of business
Posted on 17-Mar-2016 10:13Tags News, Computing

Leading home appliances designer and manufacturer, Fisher and Paykel is one of Dell’s earliest customers in New Zealand. Comments (Comments)

Work on first section of new TGA undersea cable to start
Posted on 17-Mar-2016 10:09Tags News, Broadband

A team of specialist submarine cable experts will arrive in Raglan this month to lay the first section of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable, being built by Alcatel-Lucent, contracted by a consortium of Spark, Vodafone and Telstra. Comments (Comments)

Finalists to the Microsoft 2016 Partner Awards Cloud category show future of business
Posted on 15-Mar-2016 18:26Tags News, SaaS

In anticipation of its 2016 Partner Awards event later this month, Microsoft New Zealand is today revealing details of the compelling solutions that finalists in its cloud categories have created for customers. Comments (Comments)

CSIRO uses Dell supercomputer to help combat post-hildbirth complications in women
Posted on 15-Mar-2016 18:21Tags News, Computing

The CSIRO and Dell have built a HPC cluster solution to support CSIRO's data driven research activities. Comments (Comments)

Dick Smith spam abuse begins
Posted on 15-Mar-2016 12:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This morning mail from Dick Smith arrived in my in-box. You may think: “Nothing unusual there”. After all, many people who subscribed to the Dick Smith mailing list will have had the same message. Yet, I didn’t subscribe to anything from Dick Smith. Dick Smith’s receivers sent the message to an address I haven’t used since […] Comments (Comments)

Ross Patterson: Government-funded fibre makes sense
Posted on 14-Mar-2016 11:23Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

At the NBR former telecommunications commissioner Ross Patterson defends the case for the New Zealand government’s investment in a fibre-to-the-premises network.  Patterson is responding to an earlier article by Bronwyn Howell. He says: …demand for fibre services is greater than anticipated at this stage of the rollout, and the proportion of fibre customers on 100 […] Comments (Comments)

Endace Spins off from Emulex in Management-led Buyout
Posted on 12-Mar-2016 10:35Tags News, Security

Endace, a world leader in high-speed network monitoring and recording technology, has once again become a wholly New Zealand owned and operated company following a management-led buyout from its parent company, Emulex Corp. Comments (Comments)

Australian Department of Defence Extends Contract with Unisys
Posted on 12-Mar-2016 10:33Tags News, Computing

Unisys to provide IT managed services for 450 Defence locations in Australia. Comments (Comments)

NZ data use doubled in 2015
Posted on 11-Mar-2016 18:53Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus reports the amount of broadband data used per household doubled in 2015. New Zealanders used an average 96GB of broadband data per household in January– that’s almost doubled in a year Comments (Comments)

Canon EOS 1300D: A real camera for beginners
Posted on 11-Mar-2016 13:24Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Canon’s EOS 1300D is an affordable low-end digital SLR camera. From the marketing material looks like an ideal choice for people who have grown up with phone cameras and want to move to the next level without committing to expensive professional gear. It is a beginner’s camera. The EOS 1300D has an 18-megapixel sensor. There […] Comments (Comments)


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